Fall is the busiest time of year for a synthetic turf field, with practices and games, and other events utilizing the surface. With that busy schedule brings an increase in the amount of debris, cleats, and repetitive actions on the field. To keep your field in top shape, and continually up to the task of handling the activity, we recommend making the following tips a priority for you and your staff.
- Debris Removal: Leaves are falling, wrappers are left behind, and lots of other pesky items are finding their way onto your field. While a coordinated pick-up line from the football team across the field is the easiest way to gather debris, with leaves, you will probably be more inclined to utilize the services of a leaf blower. The key when using a leaf blower on a field is not to point it directly down at the turf. Doing so will displace the infill from those areas, which will need to be refilled prior to activity. Blowing the leaves away at an angle will prevent this issue.
- Grooming: Regular maintenance is imperative for peak performance and the lifespan of your field. During the busy fall season, though, it is critical to protecting your surface. With your grooming broom, you should be brushing the field per every 40 hours of activity – typically during the busier fall season, this will be every two weeks. And not only is grooming good for your synthetic fibers, it’s also an excellent opportunity to be able check your infill levels and to look for possible repairs. Regular maintenance allows you to get close observations of your surface that coaches and players may not notice during activity.
- Replenish Infill: While you are grooming, keep an eye on the infill levels of the high –traffic areas. Those areas are where repetitive activity occurs, including soccer penalty kick spots and corner kicks, lacrosse creases, and all goal areas. With the repetitive activity, the infill is prone to displacement, and continued activity on low infill levels can negatively impact the fibers in that area. Encourage your coaches and other school officials to also keep an eye on the areas, and refill as needed.
- Special Events: Fall is also a popular time for the field to be used for events other than football or soccer. Your stadium might be the ideal location for things like Homecoming dances or 5k races, which is probably one of the reasons you purchased your field: to accommodate a high number of activities. When discussing the logistics with event organizers, there are some items to keep in mind to protect your field. If tents are needed, no stakes should be used to secure the ropes, they can cause damage to the backing of the turf. Talk to your tent provider on what other options they have, like water barrels. In addition, no lifts or other heavy machinery should be used to erect the tent. If heavy objects do need to be on the turf, like a stage, utilizing plywood underneath will be vital to keeping your turf safe. If you are hosting an event on your field, contact your turf provider to answer any questions and to ensure that the plans will not interfere with your warranty.
Fall is also a great time to complete the annual maintenance visit to your field, if you have not done so yet, schedule one with your maintenance provider before the winter months! If you have any questions on the tips above, please contact us at 513-533-6452 or email@example.com.